We need team members that can help with running the sound and projection (including PowerPoint) during our services. If you have the desire to serve in this area, please contact Michael Epstein, Gary or Michele Levin at the synagogue.
We are willing to train!
What is Messianic Dance? Messianic dance combines Israeli folk dance, contemporary worship music, and Jewish melodies to formulate choreographed dances. Historians have found that dance was a significant component of the Temple worship in the time of Yeshua. Throughout recorded history dance has been a meaningful demonstration of corporate praise and worship. It has always been the Jewish depiction of celebration. Jewish life cycle events, religious holidays, and triumph from warfare have all been celebrated with dance within the Jewish faith community.
The reason we dance is for the continuity of our spiritual heritage. We express through dance the biblical roots of our faith in our Messiah.
Is Messianic Dance Biblical? Exodus 15:20 – Miriam and the other women respond to G-d’s triumph over the Egyptians in an expression of dance.
Judges 21:21 – We can note harvest dances in the book of as well as the demonstration of the joy of Japheth’s daughter at his return (11:34).
1 Samuel – Depicts the children of Israel praising David their king by dancing and singing songs of his exploits (21:11)
2 Samuel 6:15 – Describes how David led the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem when he “danced before the L-RD with all his might.”
Jeremiah 31:13 – Shows us that G-d’s redemption causes His people to dance before Him. Jeremiah 31:4, dance is seen as a response to G-d’s love for His people.
Other scriptures relating to dance 1 Samuel 29:5; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Psalm 30:11; Psalm 149:3-4
The Temple that Yeshua walked in employed dance as a means of worship. These many illustrations of dance throughout Israel’s history record in Scripture the potent basis for dance as praise and worship in the faith life of G-d’s people.
Forms and Styles of Dance Messianic dance is generally done in a circle or a line dance. Messianic movement has employed and reinterpreted Israeli Folk Dance forms as the foundation its new creations. It is a form of community expression. In worship, it is communication with G-d. The singers use voices, the orchestra uses instruments, and the dancers use their bodies. A dancer’s body is an instrument yielded to the power of the Ruach HaKodesh. In no way should it bring reproach to the Name of the L-RD. Rather it should represent grace, purity and order. Dance is prayer in motion.
The three most popular styles are Israeli folk, Yemenite and Hasidic.
Israeli Folk Dance This dance has become the foundation of messianic circle dances. It is made of the basic Yemenite, mayim, hora, and tcherkessia steps.
Yemenite Dance Rooted in the Semitic cultures of Arabia and North Africa. This style has bouncy and assertive steps, effective in praise and spiritual warfare.
Hassidic Dance Developed over the last 200 years by Jews living in the cultural greenhouse of shtetl, small Eastern European Jewish communities. The music is filled with joy of thanksgiving. Other times there is melodic longing for deliverance and the coming of the Messiah.
Restrained and constraining in its movement, the traditional klezmer step is very popular in messianic choreography. The shuffling steps and movements in and out of the circle define this dance style. Arms are often hand-in-hand over the shoulder or on each other’s shoulders.
Davidic dance is a regular part of our praise and worship. If you would like to learn the dances we do congregationally, we have Beginners Dance on the last Shabbat of the month. All are welcome!
If you would like to learn more advanced dances and be a part of our Dance Ministry Team and participate in special Holiday and Outreach opportunities.
Beginner’s Dance is taught on the last Saturday of each month; Intermediate/Advanced dance is held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM. Please see Mary Woodard for more information.
Sabbath School Our Shaharit Shabbat class is for kids ages 5-12. It includes Scripture lessons, crafts, games and the teaching of liturgy and Jewish tradition to reinforce a balance of Biblical knowledge, a personal relationship with Yeshua, life application and Jewish culture. Our Shabbat School Team strives to keep things interesting and fun. All of our teaching team are born-again members of our synagogue who share a calling and love for mentoring our children.
Oneg is the Joy of the Shabbat. In Isaiah 58 G-d instructs us to ,”Call the Shabbat a delight”, and so we do. The most important aspect of an Oneg is the people. Just like with all of Judaism, It’s about G-d and people hanging out together. When the sacrificial system was intact families would bring their offerings to the Temple and share a meal with G-d, each other, and the priest along with his family. Our Synagogue is renown for its warmth, and we cannot afford to take that for granted. Since we say our love is our priority, we take action in accordance with that. Fellowship may not be synonymous with food, but sharing food together is definitely fellowship. We have weekly Onegs after Shabbat services with refreshments. Friday evenings we have donuts and cookies, Saturday we have Bagels, cream cheese, and baked goods. Monthly we celebrate Rosh Chodesh(new moon) with a meat Oneg. It is run by Phyllis Rosiner along with several others as assistants who will hopefully be joining our number. Come and join us! We have lots of fun sharing G-d’s love!!!
‘SIMCHA M’SHIRA’ The Joy of Song
‘Simcha M’Shira’ The Joy of Song is made up of vocalists and musicians who use their talents and gifts to lead Messianic Jewish worship at Lev HaShem. Worship leads us into G-d’s presence and it has its place in both a personal and corporate setting. Simcha M’Shira strives to bring both together as we encourage our congregation to enter into His presence, with song.
Synagogue membership for at least 6 months is required of all team members and auditions are held by invitation when needed. See Karen Gloyd for more details.
VISION OF LOVE (Outreach)
Vision of Love is focused on a core essence of the Jewish faith: loving others and loving G-d by loving them. While most congregations would view an outreach ministry as a chance to spread the Gospel of Yeshua, Vision of Love considers “outreach” simply as reaching out and meeting the needs of those who need it, both to those inside and out of our congregation. Why? Because we love them. That’s it, plain and simple. We believe that G-d wants us as His followers to serve others simply to love, and that, in the process of meeting needs, the opportunity to spread the truth of Yeshua will present itself to us! There has not been a time where at least one person has been opened up enough to ask us questions about our faith. If you are interested in this ministry and would like to be updated on our events, please visit our Facebook page, or check our calendar. We also gratefully accept donations!
“Here is the sort of fast I want—releasing those unjustly bound, untying the tongs of the yoke, letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house, clothing the naked when you see them, fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!” –Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 58:6-7
The King will say to them, “Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of Mine, you did them for Me!” –Mattityahu (Matthew) 25:40
The religious observance that G-d the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated from the world. –James 1:27